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Cuddling Cats

When you are a cat nothing is better than snuggling on a warm blanket, a warm lap, or window with the warm sun beaming on your body. Here are just a few photos of our famous cats snuggling up! It’s great to see a cat like Midnight break out of his shell once they are comfortable in a loving home. Midnight used to be a “scaredy cat” and wouldn’t want to receive any attention but that has all changed now. He loves to greet visitors and doesn’t mind a photo op! And Penny enjoys a good nap.

Midnight laying in the window
Midnight laying in the window
Penny silently sleeping
Penny still sleeping

 

Happiness = Becka

Becka!
Becka!
Let me introduce you to a very cute little bundle of joy named Becka. Becka is tiny calico cat that was recently selected to be part of the Sponsor Program. At a first glance you wouldn’t think that she would be categorized as “special needs”, however her tiny stature is caused by a condition known as a liver shunt, which can allow toxins to build up in her body. As you may guess, this is a life-threatening situation. Now 7-month old Becka is only 2.5 pounds; it is still undetermined if she will grow anymore. In order to provide little Becka with the best quality of life, she will forever require a special diet and daily medications. She will be closely monitored by our medical team with check-ups twice a year for continual blood work. Her mom, Liz, is proud and blessed to take care of this tiny and cute cat because she brings her pure happiness. SPONSOR BECKA

Becka ready to play
Becka ready to play

The sweetest thing

There is nothing more adorable than a bond between a child and an animal. Especially when that animal almost didn’t survive. Ranger was born with melanoma on his paw that was discovered after he was adopted. When his dad brought him back to the League for an examination there was question of his survival and lifespan, his dad had the option to find another healthy dog. But it wasn’t until his daughter said “dad, you wouldn’t give up on me if I was sick” and at that moment he knew he had to keep Ranger and support him through his journey to recovery. And sure enough, Ranger came out of his surgeries wonderfully and feeling great. Now, Ranger loves to run and play! He loves to give kisses and receive hugs from his favorite person, his sister! SPONSOR RANGER

Ranger and his best friend
Ranger and his best friend

Get by with a little help from a friend

A lot of our Sponsor Pets have canine or feline buddies – there is nothing better than a fellow comrade! I love when our pet parents share stories about dynamic duos such as Chachi and his brother Fleetwood, Xena and her friend Max, and Rockstar with his pal Loyal. Having a companion to keep each other company is simply the best, especially for our Sponsor Pets. These animals have endured so much and having a friend is great for them to feel just like any other dog or cat!

Chachi with Fleetwood
Chachi with Fleetwood
Rockstar (laying low) and Loyal
Rockstar (laying low) and Loyal
 
Xena giving Max a hug
Xena giving Max a hug

What is Monthly Giving? And how does it work

Are you or a friend not a Sponsor but would like to be? OR, maybe you are considering giving the gift of Sponsorship to a beloved friend? Below are a few Q & A’s about Monthly Giving…

Monthly giving is so vital to the Animal League’s efforts in helping us plan ahead and to do MORE for the animals in our care!

Q: What is Sponsorship?
A: Sponsorship is a donors personal commitment to making monthly donations to critical programs offered by North Shore Animal League America. The Animal League offers 2 life-saving monthly giving programs. Through our Sponsor Program, you can choose to support a special-needs dog Sponsor a Dog or a special-needs cat Sponsor a Cat or to sponsor all the orphaned and newborn puppies and kittens, and their mothers, in our nursery through our H.E.L.P Program.

Q: Why should I Sponsor a special-needs Animal?
A: Many animals that come to the Animal League have conditions and illnesses that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. These special-needs dogs and cats would most likely be euthanized elsewhere, but not at North Shore Animal League America. As a 70 year NO-KILL shelter, we make a commitment to all animals which includes our innocent and deserving Sponsor Program pets. These pets would be forgotten elsewhere; become a part of their lives and let’s support them – we can make a difference together!

Q: How Do I Become an Animal League Sponsor?
A: You can make your monthly pledge to support our special-needs animals in the way that is most convenient to you either by check, monthly bank debit, or credit card. You may set this up over the phone using our toll-free number 1-877-Be-My-Pal, on our website at www.animalleague.org/sponsor, or you can email us at sponsor@animalleague.org.

Q. As an Animal League Sponsor, why would I continue to sponsor a pet who has been adopted into a loving home?
A. Some of our precious and deserving special-needs pets are lucky enough to get adopted into their forever home, but they will always require life-long medical care. The Animal League will continue to provide for each of them for the rest of their lives. Although their place of residence has changed, the principles of the program remain the same. Our promise is to continue the funding and we hope you will remain committed to our life-saving program.

Have more questions? Please call our toll-free phone number at 1-877-BE-MY-PAL and speak with a Sponsor Relations Manager or email your questions to sponsor@AnimalLeague.org and we’ll be happy to respond. Thank you for your continued support!

Sara – a miraculous recovery

Sara being sweet
Sara being sweet
It’s incredible how our Sponsor Pets recover from the most horrific accidents. And even though they’ve been through so much between surgeries and different treatments, they remain sweet, kind and gentle. They know the true meaning of receiving and giving love and compassion. Sponsor dog Sara was rescued from a burning house. Sadly, she was left behind. Her owners didn’t come back to rescue or to even look for her. It wasn’t until the firemen came in to clear through the soot that they found this frighten dog. Sara was inflicted with burns across her body and was in need of immediate help. After being brought to Animal League America, Sara underwent several surgeries and intricate procedures along with being treated with pneumonia – due to the smoke inhalation. Sara recovered wonderfully and is still thriving 4 years later! She is in a loving home where she can run around in the yard and sprawl on the couch with her feline friend. She is gentle and loves to watch over her new human baby sister while she sleeps! SPONSOR SARA
Sara smiling
Sara smiling
Sara with her sister
Sara with her sister

Sandy

After recently moving to Long Island City her dad found a few really nice dog parks that Sandy can run and play.  She is always so popular with all of the dogs at the park. They all love to chase Sandy to the top of the rocks, her dad was able to capture the moment in a perfect photo – Sandy and friend looking out at the city buildings.  Some may agree or disagree with Sandy’s love for the New York Yankees, she too is going to miss the captain, Derek Jeter.  No matter what team you cheer for, you must admit she looks excellent in her bandana!

Sandy and friend at dog park!
Sandy and friend at dog park!
Sandy wearing her Yankee bandana!
Sandy wearing her Yankee bandana!

Karina, safe at last

Karina is an adorable Shihtzu rescued from a puppy mill in late 2013.  Karina sadly was forced to have litter after litter in terrible unhealthy conditions which resulted in her developing diabetes and becoming blind.  But her life sure changed for the better when she was brought to safety.  In just a few months she transformed into this loving, sweet dog.  It’s truly amazing.  She has a wonderful disposition and is so adorable and kind.  Her foster mom, Maria, really gave her the attention she needed – and we can tell it’s working!  Maria, her sponsors, and our veterinarian staff all make rescues like Karina’s possible. Click this video to see Karina (aka Daisy) in action!>>> Karina Visits North Shore with Buddy

karina hanging on mom
karina hanging on mom